EC's Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society.
She's actively involved in the work on the legislative proposals connected with the creation of the Digital Single Market, as well as sponsoring the digital economy and society portfolio of initiatives that aims to:
- - develop and implement measures to make Europe more trusted and secure online, so that citizens and business can fully reap the benefits of the digital economy.
- ensure that the EU can be a catalyst for public and private investment, focusing on high-quality, digital network infrastructure.
- support the development of creative industries and of a successful European media and content industry.
- contribute to activities that turn digital research into successful European innovation stories.
Ms. Gabriel studied Languages and Political Sciences both in Bulgaria and France; she owns a Master in Comparative Politics and International Relations from the Institut d'études politiques de Bordeaux, where she also taught and worked as research assistant between 2004 to 2008.
From 2009 to 2017 she was a Member of the European Parliament, where she served as Vice-President of the European People’s Party (EPP) group, Vice-President of EPP Women and head of the Bulgarian EPP delegation among other roles.
Director-General of the DG for Informatics
Gertrud Ingestad was born in Sweden in 1958. She did her studies in languages and history and worked as a language teacher in Stockholm before joining the European Commission in 1995.
Her main domain in the Commission has been resources, with a specialisation on people and organisation-related issues, in DGT and DG CONNECT, where she also started working with IT from a digitalisation perspective. In January 2014 she joined DG DIGIT as Director for Information Systems and Interoperability Solutions, now Digital Business Solutions. Since 16 April 2016 she is Director-General of the Directorate-General for Informatics.
Her main driving force is constant improvement in collaboration.
Deputy Director-General of the DG for Informatics
A Portuguese national, he joined the European Commission in 1990 after 12 years in telecommunications research. He has spent his entire career at the Commission in the area of information and communication technologies' research and policies.
Until 2016 he was Director for "Future Networks and Net Futures" at the Commission's department for information and communications technologies (DG CONNECT), managing a staff of 110 people and a portfolio of 250 active projects. Previously he worked DG INFSO (now DG CONNECT) where he was appointed to several managing roles until becoming Director for "Emerging Technologies and Infrastructures" in in charge of Future and Emerging Technologies, ICT based infrastructures for science and ICT trust and security, experimental facilities and experimentally driven research for Future Internet.
Mr. Campolargo owns a Degree in Electrical Engineering (University of Coimbra), a Master of Science in Computing Science (Imperial College London), a Post graduate in Management (Solvay Business School Brussels) and a European Studies Diploma (Université Catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve).
Director-Directorate B of the DG for Informatics
Thomas Gageik is Director for "Digital Business Solutions" at the European Commission's Directorate-General for Informatics (DG DIGIT). A German national, he joined the Commission in 2017 from the private sector, having worked in the area of IT services since 1988.
After majoring in computer science at the university of Aachen (Germany) he gained broad experience in international and global roles at Procter & Gamble, Mars and Scottish & Newcastle; in 2013 and he was appointed CIO and successively Director of Mundipharma IT Services GmbH .
Mr. Gageik has always been very passionate employing IT creatively to achieve business goals. Throughout his career, he was involved in several IT transformations to align IT with business needs.
Head of Unit DIGIT B4 - Software Engineering Capabilities
Daniel Cabrero Moreno
Head of Sector DIGIT B4.002 - Management Support Services
Daniel Cabrero Moreno is the responsible for the teams in charge of the PM² Methodology and Project Office at the IT Directorate of the European Commission.
He spent 15+ years in the field of Project Management and Quality Assurance. He has designed and rolled-out Project Offices at different large scale organizations, supported by the introduction of a wide range of methodologies and management techniques.
After his computer engineering degree in the Autónoma University of Madrid, he got his PhD on aligning IT techniques and business value. Later he became MBA in public administration in the IE - Instituto de Empresa. He is also certified in CMMI, ITIL and PMP
Each year millions of companies blow billions on projects because of poor collaboration and communication, leaving people frustrated and companies liquidated. I show you how you can become brilliant at stakeholder management in as little as 30 days. My talks are full of stories, humour and actionable take-aways, and I’m the author of three books on project management: “Project Definition”, “The Project Planning Workshop Handbook” and “Stakeholder Management”.
Insightful, solutions-driven executive with 20+ years of success planning and coordinating large-scale projects, programmes, and business process improvements for diverse organisations across financial, telecom, government, and transportation sectors
Session: Wifi4EU - Free WiFi for Europeans
Manuel Del Castillo Sanchez
MSc, PM², MSP, MoP, COBIT, ITIL.
Manuel is a Computer Science Engineer that joined the European Commission in 2008, leading and coordinating since then IT projects in areas such as Communication, Environment, Research and Competition.
In 2015 he joined the IT Directorate of the Council of the European Union's General Secretariat as Head of Sector, in which his main task has been to set up and run a framework for Project, Programme and Portfolio management.
Manuel has strong PPM methodological knowledge as well as interest in digital transformation, digital administration, innovation, corporate governance and enterprise architecture.
Kostis Dryllerakis is an IT Manager and technologist working for the European Commission in Brussels. He studied Physics at the University of Athens and theoretical Physics at Imperial College while working as a part-time developer. He went on to obtain a Master's degree in Advanced Information Technology and a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from Imperial College in London engaging in further post-doctoral research in the field. Since 1998, he has been contributing to the digital transformation of the Commission in the areas of IT demand management (governance, portfolio management, etc.), IT supply management (development, maintenance and operation of large scale IT solutions) and IT Architecture while supporting the business transformation of the organisation.
Over the years, Kostis has been responsible for both back-office (HR, pay, medical insurance, voting,… ) and front-office (Anti-Fraud, Research grant management, …) IT solutions of the European Commission. He is currently an advisor on Digital Public Administration to the Structural Reform Support Service (SRSS) of the European Commission offering technical support to EU Member States in their Digital transformation journeys.
Stéphane Gagnon is Associate Professor in Business Technology Management (BTM) at the Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO), based in Gatineau, National Capital Region. His research deals with cloud computing and big data analytics, applied to the financial services industry and public administration. Among other projects, he leads a research network to develop the first BTM Body of Knowledge (BOK), in partnership with IT Association of Canada (ITAC). This initiative will lead to the first unified guide for the BTM profession, identifying the common core competencies among several related standards, and ensuring practitioners at all levels can easily identify their best career growth opportunities.
Rosaria Giovannelli, IT Strategy & Development Programme Manager at the Single Resolution Board, MBA, PRINCE 2®, CAPM®, ITIL® , has managed large-scale projects for over 20 years. Rosaria has implemented and managed a Project Management Office at the eu-LISA agency and more recently at the Single Resolution Board, coordinating and supporting a number of high skilled IT project managers
Known globally as The Risk Doctor, Dr David Hillson is a thought-leader and expert practitioner who speaks and writes widely on risk management. David has a well-deserved reputation as an excellent speaker and presenter on risk. His talks blend thought-leadership with practical application, presented in an accessible style that combines clarity with humour, guided by the Risk Doctor motto: “Understand profoundly so you can explain simply”. David has advised major organisations, governments and charities in fifty countries on how to create value from risk using applied risk-based thinking, and his wisdom and insights are in high demand. David has received many awards for his ground-breaking work in risk management, and he has developed significant innovations that are now widely accepted as best practice.
Jeremías is establishing the Project Hub at the ECB. A team of dedicated and dynamic staff responsible for facilitating business-IT dialogue, scoping initiatives, planning projects, and working closely in a team of business customers, IT architects, project managers and business analysts. With more than 10 years of experience in project management in the Eurosystem, he understands every project as a unique opportunity to engage customers and service providers in a common endeavour towards positive change.
MASc, MSP, PMP, Prince2, P3O, Scrum Master, PM²
Bert is a senior management consultant specialised in Project, Programme and Portfolio Management methodologies. He leads projects and provides management consultancy to the European Commission and other major EU Institutions in different business domains. He is also a co-author of the PM² and PM²-PPM Guides. Having an engineering background combined with a master degree in Computer Science, Bert holds several certifications in traditional and agile management methodologies. Leveraging the 20 years of management experience in different industries, he helps organisations to translate their business strategy into successful projects while applying a pragmatic and effective approach.
Maarten has an extensive experience in managing national and international projects in procurement, logistics and supply chain management with a focus on B2B sectors like health care, medical, pharmaceutical and other B2B sectors. Companies he worked for are iSoft, TIE, GS1, GHX Europe, Porthus and Bridgestone, with projects for private and public hospitals, Johnson & Johnson pharmaceuticals and other medical device companies, as well as for Omron Europe. Currently he is providing project management training all over Europe, including PM² trainings for the European Commission and other European institutions. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) by the Project Management Institute (PMI) in 2010, a Prince2 Practitioner by APMG in 2010, and a Professional SCRUM Master (PSM) by scurm.org in 2015. He also holds an ITIL Foundation certificate.
He is an experienced project manager, speaker and trainer. He has a degree in information technology engineering.
MASc, MBA, PMP, PRINCE2, IPMA-D, PM²
Nicos is a Project Management Consultant specializing in Project Management Methodologies and Organizational Project Management Maturity. He is the PM Methodology Lead at the European Commission and Co-Author of the PM², Agile PM² and PM²-PPM Guides. Over the past 7 years, he has also been leading consulting projects with major EU Institutions such as the European Commission, the European Council, the European Central Bank, the European Investment Bank and other EU Agencies.
An Engineer in Computer Science with a management degree, Laurent worked in various IT management positions in the public sector and 10 years with General Electric in the Bank/Finance sector, Aviation, Oil & Gas and Energy production manufacturing sites. He is a Lean Six Sigma Blackbelt and Green Belt teacher, accredited by IASSC. He also owns a PMP-PMI certification, is a consultant at European Commission in Brussels, helping them on difficult or delicate projects, and is expert member of ISO Technical Committee in charge of writing the Project Management standards (ISO 21500).
Pierre Leclercq is a member of the COEPM² team, providing training and coaching on methodology development and adoption. Pierre spent 20 years in California, working in the Silicon Valley. He worked at Apple for six years, started a small software outfit he later sold to Digital Equipment, was part of the booming Internet startup landscape, and then joined Belgium’s Economic Development office in San Francisco. He collaborated with Google on the opening of their first European data center. Pierre is the President of the Board of the Microsoft Innovation Centre in Belgium. Pierre graduated as a Computer Science engineer in 1984 (University of Louvain, Belgium). He lives in Seneffe with his wife and his two children.
Deputy Head of Unit - DIGIT A.1 Customers, Communications and Governance
Educated to B.Eng Honors in Computer Systems Engineering and MSc in Management with a Diploma in Finance, Sakis is a certified professional Project Manager and Chartered Engineer, currently working as Deputy Head of Unit at the European Commission's Directorate-General for Informatics. He has a strong knowledge base on technology, business acumen and methodology as well as deep interest in Digital Administration, Corporate Governance, Customer Relationship Management and Communications. Before joining the EU Institutions, Sakis worked for eight years in private Telecoms, getting deep insight of the solid links between the IT and communications world, and the importance of strong but practical governance in the delivery of ICT projects.
Book Author, Agile Coach, PMI-ACP®, CSP®, CSM®, CSPO®
Tiago is an experienced Agilist, with more than 15 years of experience with Agile methodologies and frameworks, specializing in Scrum and RUP, as also scaling agile at the enterprise level. Tiago is a frequent contributor to the agile community, with frequent publications and as a frequent speaker in several agile related events. He also authored a book on Agile Software development, published in 2016. Tiago is currently working as a Senior Agile Consultant for the European Commission, where he's helping teams succeeding with Agile PM² throughout the several European Institutions.
Roberto Pappalardo is the Head of Unit at the Publications Office of the European Union responsible for Enterprise Architecture and Governance. His main task is to align business and IT for successful strategy execution. He has spent the last 25 years working in different IT domains within the European Institutions. Previously, Roberto worked in the field of robotics and artificial vision for the private sector.
Natalia Aristimuño Pérez
Head of Unit DIGIT.D2 in the European Commission
Natalia Aristimuño Pérez is responsible for the Interoperability unit in the Directorate-General of Informatics in the European Commission since March 2017. Before she has been the head of the units delivering solutions on human resources, decision making, document management and knowledge management domains. Since she joined the European Commission in the year 2000, she has always been involved in providing solutions allowing making users' life easier and the institution more efficient. She has an IT background, graduated in Deusto University (Bilbao, Spain) and has a deep knowledge of the business domains she works with.
Carolyn provides pragmatic program management solutions to realize business objectives and bring economic value to the organization. She designs and implements "fit for purpose" solutions based upon organization maturity with a clear evolutionary path towards a strategic end state PMO. Her core expertise revolves program management offices complemented by managing complex large scale programs and project teams (employee, consultant, offshore) to successfully transition from project to operational mode – all in international environments. Throughout her career, Carolyn has gained an in-depth understanding of project management principles, supplier relationship management, bid management and integrated operating models within diverse international industries (including luxury cosmetics, R&D Pharmaceuticals, airline catering solutions, on-board retailing, telecommunications, public sector and automotive sales and marketing).
Carolyn has been able to leverage her skills to embed change that sticks.
Court of Justice of the EU - Head of Sector IT Infrastructure Projects
Petre is running a team of dedicated Project Managers delivering transverse infrastructure and development projects within the Court of Justice of the EU while coordinating with business users and other key stakeholder services.
With more than 10 years of experience in Project and Program management, operations and change management, in different countries, private and EU public sector, within highly mature CMMI organizations, he is a status quo challenger and an enabler.
Ernst Van Dam
I am a project manager with over 20 years experience in IT. From infrastructure projects in the Jurassic period of my career via more recent Global Strategic Mobilization Events to the worldwide implementation of a solution for Identity & Access Management at present. Next to my job as project & program manager I have been working as trainer, facilitator and coach. I like to work with people and I get energy from helping others to increase their comfort zone by challenging them to step out of it. I design and deliver courses and other learning formats for project management, consultancy skills and presentation skills. In the past few years I have delivered courses in various parts of the world –from Canada to China and from India to Italy. It is the great diversity in cultures and people that I love and learn from.
My core skills are creativity and ability to deliver –left brain and right brain so to speak, a sound mix for a successful course, workshop or event.
Lex Van der Helm
Helping people and organizations improve in the way they prepare themselves for the future through change. In my long year I have seen many projects fail (to deliver). Helping people cope with change. Handing them tools to better deal with change or manage the projects that help bring change. Assessing the professionalism of both individuals and organization in their maturity in dealing with change as a basis for personal or professional growth. Participating in the development of ISO standards for project portfolio management. All different ways in which I try to contribute to better projects and more effective change.
This means I spend my time consulting with organizations on improving their project performance, doing assessments using tools like P3M3 or OPM3, and delivering both standard training courses and bespoke learning events about subjects such as Organizational Change Management, Project Portfolio Management, Benefit Management, Risk Management, Project Management.
Session: Managing Risk
Seasoned Project/Program manager – PM², Agile@EC, Prince II, Lean 6 Sigma – primarily in software development (off/near/on-shoring) & implementation. Strong track record of driving customer focused technology-cantered business change by leading teams directly & in matrix organization. 25+ years in multi-cultural environments with particular focus in Finance (Order to Cash, Accounting, Procurement to Pay) & Electronic Commerce/Customer Interface domains. Leadership/consultancy experience in various program related areas such as: PMO, BPO, and business IT strategy formulation and implementation. Sound understanding of Transportation/Logistics industry.
Worked also in Agriculture, Services, ICT industries & Governmental organizations. Over the past one and a half years is working in consultancy missions and projects within the European commission (DG DIGIT and other DGs/institutions – CoEPM²)
Ionut is an IT specialist with broad knowledge and experience in the field of IT. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Al. I. Cuza in Iasi-Romania, a Masters in Project Management from SNSPA Bucharest-Romania, and a Masters in IT Management from Solvay University in Brussels-Belgium. Ionut worked in the GovITHub programme within the Romanian Prime-minister's Chancellery . For the last 7 years he has been working at the European Institutions in the field of IT. He is currently working as an IT Project Officer within DG HR.